Counterfeit Cellphone Chargers Explode

August 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

Hundreds of thousands of cellphone, PDA, MP3 and game console chargers have been recalled in the European Union after they were found to be counterfeit. Authorities are warning that the faulty wiring in these chargers can lead to electrocution. Poorly wired chargers also pose a risk of overheating and causing house fires.

Last year a counterfeit charger purchased in Thailand fatally wounded a 7-year-old British boy. Officials are urging consumers to protect themselves and only purchase electronics from reputable, authorized retailers.

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